Sorry, but this year we are still under the Covid-19 “Stay-at-home” and successor rules and can not gather with more than ten people. This means that there are no activities at the Post for Memorial Day. Here is what we typically do and did last year.
Memorial Day is a day of remembrance and reflection as we honor those who died in conflict or as post-conflict as a veteran of active military service. Veterans Day, however, celebrates the service of all Veterans, living or dead, and their contributions to our country and community.
Event 1, Saturday, May 25th. Post 6 joins with the Veterans of Foreign Wars, C. V. Cummings Chapel Hill Post 9100, as well as other local veterans and service groups to honor the dead on Memorial Day. In fact, our remembrance begins on Saturday morning, Memorial Day weekend.
We gather with the VFW early on Saturday, May 25th.
The first cars appear at about 6:15 a.m. There are veterans, families, and friends of veterans–all with a common mission–to place flags on the marked graves of veterans at Chapel Hill Memorial Cemetery on Legion Road. All are welcome.
At about 6:30 a.m. instructions are provided and flags passed out. Hundreds of flags are on station and there are plenty for everyone–this is a family event.
You are invited to join us and, if you have a veteran buried there, we will give you a flag to place to personally place on their grave. Scouts from Chapel Hill Troops 835 and 505 join us each year.
Local media may attend the flag placement and memorial service. Attendees may be photographed and interviewed.
Event 2, Saturday, May 25th. Flag placement is followed by a short VFW-led Memorial Day Weekend Saturday Service at 8 a.m. The VFW will select one World War I or II grave to represent all fallen veterans and hold their service at the honored gravesite. Look for the large flags and assembly near the center of the cemetery.
Did you know that Memorial Day, or the decoration of graves by widows, started in the South? It dates back to the Civil War and the decorating of soldiers graves by widows and family. It was called Decoration Day and finally Memorial Day. Learn more
Event 3, Monday, May 27th. The Orange County Veterans Memorial Committee is hosting a memorial service at the Veterans Memorial site on Homestead Road, (above Seymour Center) It starts with seating by 7:45 am and the raising of colors promptly at 8 a.m., followed by a Memorial Service. Local Veterans on motorcycles will also be present. The motorcycle motorcade will depart at about 9:15 for the American Legion Post Home to participate in our day’s events.
THERE ARE NO EVENTS AT THE CHAPEL HILL MEMORIAL CEMETERY ON MONDAY, MAY 27TH. OUR EARLY MORNING SERVICE IS NOW AT THE ORANGE COUNTY VETERANS MEMORIAL.
Event 4, Monday, May 27th – American Legion Post Home. On Monday, our Post will hold an open house on Monday, May 27th, 2019. The doors open at 10 a.m. with a Post memorial service at 11 a.m.
The Village Band will perform an indoor concert in the post hall immediately following the memorial service. The performance starts at 12:30 p.m. Mobile Maple View Mobile Ice Cream will be on site for the concert.
Need an event flyer for our Monday, May 27th events? Download Memorial Day Event Flyer 2019